Tragedy in Las Vegas: How we can cope

Las Vegas. Another unspeakable, senseless tragedy. It’s impossible for us to wrap our minds around this kind of heinous act. When we’re faced with the tragic massacre of innocent lives, not only do we experience acute shock, outrage, and grief, our sense of the world being a fundamentally unsafe place gets rekindled and reinforced.  It’s...

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Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors

Lisa discusses her workbook “Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors,” and how mental health clinicians can use it to offer clients ways to communicate the pain they experience, and short circuit the overwhelming thoughts and feelings. Learn about methods that you can use to help clients genuinely feel self-soothed and comforted.

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The Power of De-Pathologizing Clients’ Struggles

As a clinician and educator, it has long been my passion to promote the idea of a strengths-based approach to treating clients.  Rather than focusing on what’s “wrong” with them and attempting to fit them into a neat diagnostic package, I am far more interested in what’s “right” about them.  How did they survive? How...

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Increasing Self-Compassion

Do you have clients that speak negatively about themselves? Learn about external resources that you can suggest to help your clients discover kinder ways to think about oneself and speak with self-compassion.

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It Makes Sense Given Where You’ve Come From

Why it makes sense that trauma survivors engage in destructive behaviors after they’ve experienced their trauma. And how depathalogizing and normalizing their behaviors can help.

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Working With Clients’ Dissociation

Is dissociation an issue for some of your clients? Do they tend to zone out during sessions? Watch this video to discover why this might happen, and learn ways that you can help them to, instead, be grounded and present during therapy.

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Why Does That Kid Keep Jumping Out of His Seat?

I recently had the privilege of providing a series of trainings to educators across Canada.  My focus was to help teachers, school counselors, and administrators understand the impact that dysfunctional family dynamics and trauma can have on their students.  I invited these enthusiastic and highly dedicated professionals to think about their most challenging or “difficult” students....

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Understanding Traumatic Transference

You probably remember the Freudian concept of transference from your Psych 101 class. Clients assume the therapist will think, feel, and behave in ways that replicate their earlier experiences with authority figures.  This means they come into the therapy process with all kinds of assumptions and expectations about how we will act and how therapy...

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The Cycle of Self-Harm

Learn about a template for psycho-education and intervention that helps clients organically let go of their self-destructive behaviors..

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Reaching Adolescence: How Much Guidance do Teens Really Need?

I think there is a common belief within our culture that as kids evolve into adolescence they need less and less guidance and supervision.  After all, their primary developmental milestone is letting go of earlier self-statements such as “I want to be a ballerina or a cowboy when I grow up,” and moving in the...

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